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  • Navdeep Jhaj wrote on March 02, 2010 report

    I've always enjoyed Paul, I think he is one of the all time greats who manages to fly under the radar.

    Never heard the engineering word "tensility" used before to describe musical qualities--you are perhaps thinking of the group's ability to take greater chances and risks without the whole thing blowing up in their faces and approaching but thankfully never crossing the catastrophic rubicon/ event horizon into musical muckiness.

    In setting forth a seeming dichotomy between Moran's work as leader and sideman--I always appreciate, John, how you choose your words carefully and purposefully (never flippantly)---I"m curious to find out what is lacking in Jason's music in those situations where he is calling the shots. Of course, I understand it would be somewhat beyond the scope/purview of this review.

    In any event, excellent review. I shall be picking this one up in due course.

  • John Kelman wrote on March 02, 2010 report

    Thanks Navdeep. good thoughts on use of tensility...i use merrian-webster online, so it seemed appropriate.

    Re: Moran as a leader/sideman? I just don't find his writing, or his vision as a leader all that compelling. Of course, this is just my opinion as plenty feel otherwise, but there's something a little clunky, for lack of a better word, about his music that simply doesn't do it for me. That said, he's an incredibly talented guy, and for me I just find his work with others to be evidence of a certain diversity that I find lacking in his own work as a leader. I do like his debut, Soundtrack to Human Motion, but he lost me after that.

    Thanks, again, for writing Navdeep; always nice to hear from you, and thank you for the very kind complement.

    Best!
    John

  • Tim Hand wrote on April 20, 2010 report

    I swear I've heard Mode VI somewhere else before. I can't find it listed anywhere else though. Are you aware of any other recordings of that tune?

  • John Kelman wrote on April 20, 2010 report

    Hey Tim
    Actually, it's on Motian in Tokyo, from 1991 on JMT (reissued on Winter&Winter).

    Best!
    John